From the gospel for this coming Sunday:
“Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury.Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins,which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, thispoor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had,all she had to live on.” Mark 12:38-44
She gave everything she had.
This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day, the day set aside in our country to honor veterans, living and dead, who have served this country. It has its roots in Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. The formal treaty would be signed a year later, but it was the armistice, the end of hostilities on the Western Front, that would be remembered: “The eleventh hour of theeleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. One hundred years ago this Sunday. World War Iwas called “The war to end all wars,” but, unfortunately, that didn’t last. Since then there havebeen wars in all parts of the world, and we seem to constantly be mired in, or urged toward, conflict, military or otherwise. It is often said of those who died in battle or because of conflict,“…They gave their last full measure of devotion.” They gave everything they had.
We honor them. And we pray and work for true peace that last more than a few months or a few years; for peaceful, diplomatic solutions to conflicts, so that our gifts may be used for building up this amazing creation that has been entrusted to our care, rather than destroying it bit by bit. May our gifts be used to feed the hungry, create safety and stability and peace in our world, and may we be willing to give everything we have to make it so.
Let us pray:
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel
for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Peace and Blessing,